Viral problems are common in children that are mercury toxic. Mercury messes up immune function and makes it difficult to control or clear viruses. We find most parents will have to do an antiviral protocol during the detox journey to help their child's body with this.
These are a few common indicators your child's body might be struggling to control viruses.
Some children may need ongoing antivirals sooner to control a current infection which is alright too. So if your child struggles with a chronic HSV infection helping their immune system is helpful. That is not the same as the antiviral protocol we refer to in the book to address a multitude of common viruses.
Our new book has information on antivirals and immune support for these issues. We also provide a list of herbs that help with specific viruses or common viral infections. These tools will get your child's body and immune system back in shape.
We get many questions about the essential four supplements for the detox protocol. These are required to protect your child's body from mercury-induced oxidative stress. They also replace the most common nutrients used up because of mercury. They are super important, and there are some key things to know about them:
Starting dose needs to be considered carefully for this protocol to avoid getting worse. A common trend is the use of doses below 5mg, which is highly problematic and leads to regression or worsening and is related to redistribution because doses are too low to endure half-life.
Sometimes parents feel they can avoid yeast overgrowth or reduce symptoms by using doses below 5mg, but this is not entirely accurate and comes with redistribution of mercury. For the protocol to be safe, it needs to prevent redistribution and control yeast, and reducing symptoms is very manageable and detailed in the book.
There are occasions where a child's weight puts the starting dose below 5mg, but it is still not a good idea because the same problem exists with half-life. For example, using 1mg leaves 0.05 mg at the 3-hour time frame, which is too low to prevent redistribution.
Not everyone reports negative symptoms initially from micro-doses, but if continued problems appear due to repeated redistribution. You don't want to be in this situation. It is normal to be concerned with symptoms during detox, but they are manageable with the information in our book. The goal is to safely detox and not risk redistribution of mercury to the brain.
It might seem easier to start below 5mg, but you don't want to make things worse with redistribution. Five milligrams is a small dose, and it's typically worthwhile to start at a 1/4 mg per pound which shows better results quicker anyway.
A common question is how to figure out if you need to support adrenal function. Mercury affects the adrenal glands and reduces adrenal function. It can cause sleep issues, anxiety, tantrums, meltdowns, mystery stomach aches, morning nausea, allergies, asthma-like symptoms, and hyperactivity.
Adrenal fatigue is generally an imbalance in adrenal hormones or too little of some of them. It's more common for kids to be low cortisol or to have disrupted cortisol cycles, often releasing it at the wrong times. Many are stuck in "fight or flight" mode when the adrenal glands compensate for low cortisol by releasing adrenaline leads to anxiety and panic attacks. Cortisol levels reduce inflammation, keep the lungs from being over constricted (asthma), reduce allergies or overactive immune responses, and help with our sleep/wake cycle.
Not all children will have adrenal problems, but it is very common in children with mercury. If your child has some of the symptoms mentioned above our book has a chapter that will help you determine if this is an issue for your child and what you can do about it.
One of the most common struggles in the detox process is dealing with yeast overgrowth. It is common even in children who have not begun detox because mercury suppresses immune function, so the body can't control yeast.
Many parents are familiar with it and may think they need to stop detox until the yeast is gone, but it delays the detox process that corrects immune function. Others are concerned about yeast flare-ups during detox and may be apprehensive to begin, which is understandable, but fungal overgrowth is common in mercury poisoning. The key isn't to avoid detox but instead to learn how to manage yeast overgrowth so you can detox.
It does get better with lots of detoxes, but it takes time. In the meantime, managing goes a long way so you can continue to detox. Yeast will become much easier to control with less anti-fungal, and eventually, it will go away entirely.
Many detox protocols claim to remove metals, but most of what we have seen does not remove mercury safely. Some protocols don't remove it at all, or at least not from the brain where it causes most of the problems. Others do not prevent mercury from going back into the brain.
Any protocol that suggests randomly taking chelators causes metals to settle in the brain. It is called redistribution and makes people get sicker, sometimes permanently. Andy Cutler discussed this in his books, and he had seen cases of permanent regressions. We mention this in our books as well. One example of this is the use of high-dose IV chelation. It was so common the nickname "DMPS backfire" led to a website "DMPS backfire" cataloging the reports, but it can happen with any chelator used infrequently. You can read real people's experiences of similar problems with high dose or infrequent protocols on this site.
Other protocols don't use things that can bind metals. It takes a sulfur-thiol molecule to grab onto metals and escorts them out of the body. In addition to that, most protocols don't use anything that crosses the blood-brain barrier. If you don't get a chelator into the brain, the mercury won't come out of it. None of them are using half-life to maintain steady levels of chelators if they use chelators at all.
In addition to respecting the half-life of chelators to maintain a steady level, this protocol also uses support supplements to nourish the body, protect against oxidative stress and make detox more comfortable.
The point of this protocol is to detox without the risk of making everything worse.